The bicycle industry can’t give timelines in this long process but it IS working with the RTA towards a clarification of the rules that SHOULD lead to an increase in legal power levels. NSW is providing the lead and other states will be able to adopt (or modify or reject) the rules, providing some sort of consistency.
Draft regulations will probably go out for public comment and people will be welcome to assess them. Graham explains the current situation:
“The issue has been clouded by those companies which have been importing and selling what amount to underpowered electric motor scooters (mostly NSW based). The law and the standard clearly say that a power assisted bicycle is one that is designed to be pedalled, and has an auxiliary motor or motors attached. Unfortunately there have been a spate of imports that cannot effectively be pedalled, and the NSW police have clamped down, fairly heavily, on them. The courts have given some different decisions, and as a result of the mess, the NSW RTA is attempting to draft proposals that will leave real power assisted pedal bicycles as they are, and create a separate and possibly registered/rider-licensed category for the ‘scooter’ type machine. Those in government who are looking at the proposals are amenable to an
increase in the power limit for power assisted bicycles, and are reviewing the major regulations in use overseas. I feel confident that a good set of regulations will be produced that will satisfy most people.”
You can reach Graham via email:email@example.com, P: 03 9376 1255 F: 03 9012 4219 M: 0417 339 265.